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Feed Ars Technica: GoDaddy Faces boycott over SOPA support (arstechnica.com)

Major Internet companies have formed a united front in their opposition to the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. Well, almost. One exception has been the domain registrar GoDaddy. In a op-ed published in Politico shortly after SOPA was introduced in the House, GoDaddy applauded the bill and called opponents "myopic."

Now furious Internet users at reddit (which, like Ars, is owned by Condé Nast) have organized a boycott of the registrar.

"I just finished writing GoDaddy a letter stating why I'm moving my small businesses 51 domains away from them, as well as my personal domains," wrote redditor selfprodigy on Thursday morning. He proposed that December 29 be declared "move your domain day," with GoDaddy customers switching to competing registrars. The post has accumulated more than 1,500 comments, most of them supporting the idea.

We contacted GoDaddy for comment. A spokesman declined to comment on the boycott specifically, but reiterated the firm's support for the legislation. She sent us a link to the company's written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last month.

"This debate is about preserving, protecting, and creating American jobs, and protecting American consumers from the dangers that they face on-line," the statement reads. "US businesses are getting robbed and US consumers are getting duped."

The company dismissed free speech concerns. "Not only is there no First Amendment concern, but the notion that we should turn a blind eye to criminal conduct because other countries may take oppressive steps in response is an affront to the very fabric of this nation."

GoDaddy appears to be doubling down on this position. Today, it reposted its Politico op-ed to the GoDaddy support forums. Comments were disabled.

The House Judiciary Committee has released a list of 142 companies that support SOPA. GoDaddy appears to be the only domain registrar, or Internet company for that matter, on the list. Indeed, even traditionally strong copyright supporters like the Business Software Alliance have been having second thoughts about the legislation.

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Comment Re:Keep Critical Infrastructure Offline (Score 2) 50

While it would be nice to do so, it will hardly be possible. Instead it is high time to send those making bad IT security decisions to prison for it. While this will also hit a few engineers, most will be managers going cheap, ignoring warnings and generally being incompetent.

I don't see this being hardly possible at all, thirty years ago we got along fine without having our critical infrastructure's information systems not plugged into a global network. I'm speaking more of nuclear reactors, hydroelectric dams, shipping locks, railway switches etc.

On the subject of stock exchanges, I seriously doubt much good has come from plugging stock exchanges into the global information network. Even as recently as fifteen years ago people were physically trading stocks on the floor of some of the world's major exchanges. Nowadays computers perform thousands upon thousands of trades in a fraction of the time their former human counter parts could. Is this really a good thing though? There's an absurd arms race going on between investment firms to install increasingly faster computers as close to exchanges as possible to get the 'jump' on trades. There's even a new trans-Atlantic trunk line going in, that shaves off a few milliseconds of latency, all in the name of automatically trading stocks, and 'making' millions of dollars. What purpose are these systems really serving though? Why is it a good idea to put such an insane amount of speculation into our financial markets? The day to day price of stock had little enough relationship to the actual value of a company prior to computers dominating the trading scene, now this representation is becoming more diluted.

As for sending people to prison for making bad IT security decisions, it's a lovely idea, but how do you determine who's to blame? The second something goes wrong, everyone starts pointing the finger at everyone else. Is the CFO to blame for not budgeting enough IT dollars? Is the head of IT to blame because she was following orders without questioning them? Should all the employees just be locked up to be safe? What about the programmer who didn't terminate a string properly, who works for an entirely different company that sold the software to the firm that was breached??

Then there's the people problem. Even if we could somehow make the billions of lines of code that drive computers perfect, we'd still have people opening up alleged 'job interviews', which are really just malicious excel files, or what have you. In this case at least there's a forensic trail and a 'smoking' gun to link the ignoramuses to their negligence.

I think there are a lot of cases where it would be a lot cheaper to hire security cleared specialists to manually handle the transfer of data between secure isolated networks, and the global internet. Sure it would seem more expensive, but these breaches can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Specialists can be bought for less than a hundred thousand a year each, and they can be held directly accountable.

Comment Keep Critical Infrastructure Offline (Score 1) 50

Simply analyzing the probabilities involved in computer intrusion should be enough to convince anyone that can understand high-school mathematics that we NEED to unplug critical infrastructure from global networks. Unfortunately the powers that be seem woefully ignorant of how technology works. The anti-piracy campaigns that involve breaking DNS highlight this ignorance.

Comment Re:Threat to Computing (Score 1) 171

There is something about this concept that I find very threatening. Service Orientated Architecture is no doubt a good thing and Software as a Service can save costs. However with something as simple as a compiler being outsourced to the platform vendor, this returns control over software creation that can be produced squarely with the vendor.

Imagine a vendor that could suppress the compilation of software that it deems unfavourable. A company would never refuse to provide a compiling contract to a business that makes products that compete with the vendor, would they? They would not create a terms of service that deems what software is appropriate to be compiled?

Have you ever heard of Apple's App Store? It's this crazy store which is the only place you can get applications for your phone or tablet, and Apple controls every piece of software published on it. Apple also imposes arbitrary bans on applications whenever Apple sees fit. Apple is also trying to push this model to their laptops and personal computers. Furthermore if you want to make your own applications run on your iDevice you have to pay apple $100, or violate the TOS to unlock your phone. That's right, imagine that, you outright own a device, but you don't have the right to administer it.

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Comment Re:Amazing. (Score 1) 121

The only people who are saying "default for the first time in history" are Democrats who are fear mongering to scare little girls like you; and it has happened before. The reality is that the United States would not default; the government would use the money it brings in to service the debt and there would be a partial government shutdown.

The spectator goes on to point out that at the time the dollar was backed by gold. Presently the US dollar is backed by the US dollar, which makes a potential default impossible as the Fed can just print more money.... unless the rest of the world stops using the US dollar as its reserve currency. I'm not an economist or an accountant, but it seems to me that the resulting inflation would make it impossible for the government to service the debt. Again, this hinges on the rest of the world changing reserve currencies, but really what incentive to non-US nations have to stick with the US dollar?


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